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  • Two Million Defective Huber Needles Recalled by Nipro

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 27-Jan-2010

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner The AP (1/27, Perrone) reports, "Federal health officials announced the recall of two million medical needles Tuesday because of a risk they can push bits of silicone into patients’ bodies." The FDA "said Japanese manufacturer Nipro Medical Corp. has voluntarily recalled its Exel/Exelint Huber needles manufactured between ...
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  • Toyota Suspends Sales of Eight Car Models

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 27-Jan-2010

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner For the first time in American history, a car manufacturer–Toyota–has told its dealers to stop selling eight of its models due to a potentially dangerous defect. The models have potentially defective gas pedals (accelerator pedals) that could get stuck, leading to unavoidable car crashes. The Washington Post (1/27, Mufson, Haynes) ...
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  • Texting While Driving Banned for Truck, Bus Drivers

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 26-Jan-2010

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner It’s official! It is illegal for commercial drivers, including truck and bus drivers, to operate vehicles while text-messaging. "In 2008, nearly 6,000 people died in accidents related to distracted drivers, and more than half-a-million were injured," according to CBSnews.com. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood previously announced, ...
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  • More Than 1.6 Million Car Crashes Caused By Texting, Cell Use

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 14-Jan-2010

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner The National Safety Council (NSC) announced today least 28% of all traffic crashes (translating into at least 1.6 million crashes per year) are caused by drivers texting or using cell phones. According to its website, "NSC estimates that 1.4 million crashes each year are caused by drivers using cell phones and a minimum of 200,000 additional ...
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  • Trailblazer Support Catheter Recalled, Dangerous

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 13-Jan-2010

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner ev3 Endovascular, Inc. and FDA notified healthcare professionals of a Class I Recall of the Trailblazer Support Catheter. According to the recall, "This device may crack near the radiopaque marker band. This may result in serious patient injury, including insufficient oxygen supply to the tissues, damage to blood vessels, heart attack, limb ...
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  • Virginia’s Highway Safety Ranked Worst

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 13-Jan-2010

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, a nonprofit advocacy group, has rated Virginia one of the worst states in the nation in highway safety, according to the Washington Post. "This year, Maryland and the District were among the dozen ‘green’ (relatively safe) states. Thirty others were rated yellow (less safe), and Virginia ...
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  • States Without Damage Caps Have More Doctors

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 11-Jan-2010

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner In a blog at the California Progress Report (1/6), J.G. Preston wrote, "One of the arguments the ‘tort reform’ crowd uses to justify putting a cap on the amount of money a jury can award to a victim of medical negligence is their assertion that increases in the cost of malpractice insurance are driving doctors out of the ...
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  • Toxic Metal Found in Children’s Jewelry

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 11-Jan-2010

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner In a story appearing on at least 143 news websites, the AP (1/11, Pritchard) reports that recent lab tests have shown "eye-popping levels" of cadmium in children’s jewelry. The metal, which has been linked to cancer and weakened kidneys, "is particularly dangerous for children, because growing bodies readily absorb substances, ...
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  • FDA WARNING: NZU, A MORNING SICKENESS “REMEDY” MAY CONTAIN HIGH LEVELS OF LEAD/ARSENIC

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 9-Jan-2010

    Posted by Catherine D. Bertram On December 31, 2009, the FDA issued a warning to consumers and medical professionals, "especially pregnant or breastfeeding women, to avoid consuming a product called “Nzu”, taken as a traditional remedy for morning sickness,because of the potential health risks from high levels of lead and arsenic, noted on laboratory analysis by Texas DSHS. ...
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  • FDA Issues Warning For Hypertension Drug

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 8-Jan-2010

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner The AP reports that officials with the Food and Drug Administration warned doctors recently that "about 11 recalled lots of an intravenous hypertension drug made by the Medicines Co. are contaminated with bits of steel." According to the agency, the particles "could potentially disrupt blood flow to the brain, kidney, liver heart and ...
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  • Texting, Drinking and Tragedy: Ranking State Driver-Safety Laws

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 8-Jan-2010

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner PRNewswire-USNewswire reports that " Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (AHAS) will issue its state-by-state ratings of traffic safety laws" later this month. And for the first time, the group will analyze restrictions placed on texting while driving–a problem that has reached a crisis level. In each year over the last ten years, ...
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  • Car Safety Supplies: What to Have in Case of an Accident or Other Emergency

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 5-Jan-2010

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner Winter is here in full force. Road conditions get particularly dangerous this time of year. Accidents and harsh weather conditions can cause drivers to become stranded. It’s a good idea to be sure your car is stocked with supplies that come in handy in emergency situations. Here’s a checklist from The Centers for Disease Control and ...
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